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SONG LYRICS AND POETRY
"Speaking Well of the Dead"

Israel Horovitz

   
 MESSAGE BOARD

Following the attacks on September 11, many people have looked to art, in all its forms, for consolation.
Did any piece of art help comfort you following the attacks?

 VISUAL ARTS


Jean Holabird of Cambridge painted "10-3 - Murrary and Greenwich, 3 p.m.," a watercolor scene from Ground Zero. Many artists responded visually to the September 11 attacks. See artwork

 LYRICS AND POETRY

Read the song lyrics and poetry that helped many cope with the grief they felt after September 11:
'Across the Universe', Lennon/McCartney
'America the Beautiful', Katherine Lee Bates
'American Tune', Paul Simon
'Change the Day', Alex MacDougall
'Colors of the Wind', Vanessa Williams
'Leap', Brian Doyle
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', The Hollies
'Jesus, etc.', Wilco
'Love and Mercy', Brian Wilson
'Lucky', Radiohead
'Memorial for A City', W. H. Auden
'Musee Des Beaux Arts', W. H. Auden
'One', Cheryl Sawyer
Chorus from 'The Other Side', Joie Scott and Richard Wold
'The Other Side', Don Conoscenti
'Overcome', Live
'The Peace of Wild Things', Wendell Berry
'Rhymes and Reasons', John Denver
'Rockin' in the Free World', Neil Young
'September 1, 1939', W.H. Auden
'Show the Way', David Wilcox
'Song in a Year of Catastrophe', Wendell Berry
'The Summer Day', Mary Oliver
'Superman', Five for Fighting
'There You'll Be', Diane Warren
'Through Your Hands', John Hiatt
'Trouble of the World', Mahalia Jackson
'Try to Praise the Mutilated World', Adam Zagajewski
'Victory in Defeat', Edwin Markham

PENELOPE
Are clouds full of dead people? When I was little, I thought
that. Are they?

JOHN
They are.

PENELOPE
So, you have other people to talk to?

JOHN
I do.

PENELOPE
Are my mother and father with you?

JOHN
They are.

PENELOPE
You see them? You talk to them?

JOHN
I do.

PENELOPE
I miss them. Iíd like to talk with my father, especially.
Heíd know what to say.

JOHN
You can talk with him, Penelope. The same way you talk to me.
Heíll hear you.

PENELOPE
Do you two, like, trade married-guy stories? I mean, does he know?

JOHN
About us?

PENELOPE
Yuh. About us.

JOHN
Are you asking if heís on my side?

PENELOPE
Yuh, that must be what Iím asking? Is my father on your side?

JOHN
Your father knows that love ebbs and flows. You didnít always love me, Penny. It was there, it went away, it came back.

PENELOPE
Is that what you would have done, John? Gone away and come back?

JOHN
Probably. How can we know for sure? Probably.

PENELOPE
If I had left you for Robert or Aaron, would you have taken me back?

JOHN
Probably. How can we know for sure? Probably.

PENELOPE
Willaís upset with me. I think I annoy her.

JOHN
Iím sure you donít.

PENELOPE
Everything I say annoys her.

JOHN
Iím sure thatís not true, Penny. Willa loves you.

PENELOPE
I know she loves me. Itís not that. Itís just that sheís angry that Iím still missing you so much.

JOHN
You should try to miss me less, Pen. You should try to go out of the house, see friends. Youíre still a young woman.

PENELOPE
Iím not, John. Iím older and older.

JOHN
Youíre still beautiful, Penny. You could still call Robert or Aaron.

PENELOPE
I donít want to. I donít want them to see me old. I donít want to see them old. They might be dead.

JOHN
They might be.

PENELOPE
Is there a list you could check for me?

JOHN
Of course, there is. Iíll have a look.

PENELOPE
I miss you so much, John. When you died, I couldnít think of anybody to tell but you. You were the first one I tried to call.

JOHN
You still leave messages on my cell-phone, Penny.

PENELOPE
Do you mind?

JOHN
Of course not.

PENELOPE
Do you listen to them?

JOHN
I do. I hear everything you think, everything you say.





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